Published: July 19th 2012July 18th 2012
Life continues on as usual here.
I did receive my Visa - woohoo! Soon, I will take a photo and show it off. I am still waiting on my Emirates ID, but in the mean time I am applying for my bank account and looking for an apartment. The allowance was less than I was led to believe, but I can still get a pretty comfortable place. Plus, I will most likely have a roommate, a woman I work with. We checked out a nice place last night and we both wanted it, but it is gone. At least now I know what I like and what is out there!
Last night, after the long day of work then apartment hunting, I got food delivered for the first time. I ordered from this place I'd been dying to try, Green Chilies, and I ordered enough for leftovers for lunch the next day. There was way more food than I thought and it may last me a few days!!! It was delicious. Except for the supposedly super spicy Chicken Malabara - I was disappointed - no spiciness and I didn't really enjoy the flavor; it was like slow roasted chicken
in a thin greasy soup with cinnamon. But the Mushroom Kadai was YUMMY! And super spicy! Just the way I like it. And the garlic naan put any I've ever had in the states to shame....
I forgot to bring it to work with me though. Fortunately, Zenah brought some of her mother's leftovers - Kabsa, which is a Saudi dish consisting of (surprise!) chicken and rice. It's still so dang good though!!!
This evening we went to soccer ("football") for the second week in a row. The first hour of drills was not nearly so bad and I had a pretty good game for the second hour, scoring a lot. My knees are crying again. Tomorrow will be rough. Zenah and the other girls said I was on a roll - I guess I did score a lot! Zenah said like seven goals. I believe the coach has permanently put me as a Striker, a position I have not played since early high school, but I do love the feeling and sound of getting the ball on net. The girls we play with are also so sweet and some are hilarious! There are a few girls that
at the World Trade Center
are really good too and some that have no fear of the ball even if they have no control.
A guy at work is also trying to put together an after-work weekly pick up game at a nearby gym. So, two to three days/nights a week of competitive soccer: This Bot will be in good shape in a couple of months!!!
In keeping in theme with the title, it is due to the driving here (again). They love roundabouts and one way streets - it's next to impossible to turn left here! We drove up to the front of the hotel but had to take a good 5 minute trip just to park! Getting on and off the highway is very hard, and then with the complex maze of one way streets and roundabouts, it can be frustrating. There are a lot of concrete curbs that guide you so that you easily enter a point of no return and just have to go with it. At least, this is what I've oberved; I actually have not driven a car in two months!!!!
Well, hopefully work will extend my hotel stay one more week!!! Then maybe I'll have
my own place to call home. And Ramadan is starting very very soon... (tomorrow or the day after - I cannot get a straight answer!) I will take pictures of the empty mall eateries as soon as I can. :)
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